How close did bin Laden hunter get?
Gary Faulkner went to Pakistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden last year. Now he reportedly wants some of the $25 million reward.
May 4th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

How close did bin Laden hunter get?

Last June an American construction worker was picked up in Pakistan on a one-man mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

Gary Faulkner was armed with a dagger, some biblical literature, a pistol, night-vision goggles and a sword, news reports said.

What's more, the man was even on dialysis, CNN reported at the time. And yet somehow he managed to end up in Chitral, a mountainous district in the northern tip of the country.

Chitral  was as logical a place as any to hunt for the most wanted terrorist in the world. News reports in the years since the 9/11 attacks had put bin Laden in fortress-like environs along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Chitral fit the bill. It was connected to the rest of the country by a strip of land so treacherous that it is often closed because of weather conditions.

On Sunday night, Americans received news that bin Laden was killed in his compound in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

How far off was Faulkner, whose across-the-world trek still remains shrouded in mystery?

Chitral to Abbottabad is roughly about 300 miles, according to Google Maps technology, indicating about a "7-hour" drive.  Yeah right. To put the distance in perspective, according to Google, the two places are about the same distance as Atlanta, Georgia, to the Florida Panhandle.

Of course, much of the Pakistan route is undriveable because of foothills and mountains. The area is also said to be inhabited by fiercely independent tribes.

While Faulkner has talked to CNN in depth much of the details about his trip remain secret. What we do know is that he wants some of the $25 million reward money that was offered for bin Laden's kill or capture.

"I scared the squirrel out of his hole, he popped his head up and he got capped," Faulkner told ABC News this week, referring to bin Laden's death. "[U.S. officials] were handed this opportunity on a platter from myself," he was quoted as saying.

Faulkner also told ABC that assertions that bin Laden had been holed up in his compound in Abbottabad for more than half a decade were not true.

"He hadn't been living there for no damn six years," he told ABC. "I absolutely flushed him out."

Should Faulkner get a portion of the reward?

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • September 11 • Terrorism
soundoff (1,046 Responses)
  1. JimAR

    Let's buy the nut job a haircut.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    I THINK WE (AMERICAN PEOPLE) SHOULD PAY THE REWARD! (in monopoly money, seriously, the guy wont tell the difference). but he did try, so that should be worth something, PAY HIM DOUBLE! (in monopoly money).

    May 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    Every day I wonder why I read CNN. This was the article today that made me wonder that.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clayton


    May 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tyokol

    A new hero emerges as the truth comes out!...actually, I deserve some of the 25 million too since I searched for bin laden in a in the Islamabad phone book and in google.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |

    This guys for real. He did flush out OBL. (or was that, helped OBL flush, I forget...).

    May 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cadiz

    Why on Earth is CNN even interviewing this guy. Isn't there a tobacco spitting contest or monster truck rally somewhere that would rate more than this? CNN is only making a joke of itself.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mick

    Jeez, Mr. Faulkner, looks like we owe you some money. Now if you'll just follow the nice man in the white coat and get into the truck with the padded walls, we'll take you to the bank.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      You got it wrong buddy... the 25million should go to the 9/11 families of lost ones..!!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • felipe

      hahaha this is great

      May 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    Good luck dude...if anyone deserves this award it should be given to the Navy Seal team for putting a bullet through that a*** head! Better yet, distribute it amongst our brave men and women in service over there.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dude

    This has nothing to do with this clown.
    Why did Pakistan send Helicopter parts to China if they are supposed to be our allies?Seems to me Pakistan is playing both sides here with the terrorists and China and just using us for more free money...Screw em all.Place a couple of Nuke Subs in the Indian Ocean and target Pakistani cities,Pull our troops home to guard our Border and tell Pakistan that if they want to be friends with the terrorists they can have them but remember when they attack us we just send in a cruise missile and Take out one of their cities.Seems fair to me a city for a mall or a pizza shop. Let em decide their fate.Simple choice to me.Why do we have to be the worlds policeman anyway.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      dude, you should put "spaces" after your "periods"

      May 5, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Oldie in TampaBay

    worse thing CNN did was to post these 'sound offs.'

    May 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Worst thing is you not believing in free speech GO AND LIVE IN LYBIA OR IRAN....IDIOT!!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |

    wow, this news reporting is really scraping the bottom. cool story bout the nutty guy with sword though.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jc

    This moron ought to be hunting down his hair stylist and the salesperson that sold him those glasses

    May 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. norm



    May 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg Clapton

    No chance in hell he had anything to do with this operation. Better try the lottery if you want quick money fool!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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